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"THE X FACTOR" LOOKS FOR TALENT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The teenager who bragged she was a combination of Carrie Underwood and Adele failed to impress the judges on "The X Factor." Simon Cowell told her she sang like she was dying. The judges were impressed by an 18-year-old woman who auditioned with the Grace Potter song "Paris." They also liked a young woman who had said she was bullied and poured out her pain into music. They even were pleasantly surprised by the man dressed as a bride. Knowing Britney Spears personally did not seem to help, though. Spears and the judges rejected her former duet partner.

"THE VOICE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A bit of history was made on "The Voice" last night. Allison and Crystal Steel are mother and daughter performing as 2Steel Girls. And they're first mother-daughter duo to perform on the show. They did "Before He Cheats" and impressed both Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton. But Shelton told the 2Steel Girls he wants to mentor and protect them. Shelton says the "savage and angry world of entertainment" could wreck their relationship. Nicole Nelson was the only singer to get turn-arounds from all four the judges. She did a version of "Hallelujah" that got the crowd on its feet. She chose to go with Adam Levine.

KIX BROOKS BACK WITH A SOLO ALBUM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- When country duo Brooks and Dunn split up in 2010, Kix Brooks made a career change. He took up acting and so far he's got two films under his belt including a starring role in the western, "To Kill A Memory." Brooks says time away from thinking about radio success and record sales was liberating for him as an artist and his new solo album, released yesterday, reflects that newfound sense of freedom.

LEANN RIMES BACK AT WORK

UNDATED (AP) -- LeAnn Rimes told fans at a concert in Eau Claire, Wisconsin that she's "totally cool" and doing well after entering a 30 day in-patient treatment facility to "cope with anxiety and stress." According to People magazine, Rimes is taking temporary leaves from treatment to play a series of concerts this fall in support of her new album 'Spitfire.' She told the crowd in Eau Claire over the weekend that she's "pissed off at a lot of things," and "just can't say it" so it "comes out in the music." Rimes says she "bared everything down to the core," on "Spitfire" which is tentatively scheduled for release next year.

LUKE BRYAN HAS PIZZA PARLOR MISHAP

UNDATED (AP) -- Luke Bryan says he required the Heimlich maneuver after choking on a piece of pizza recently. Bryan tells People Country that "it was pretty freaky there for about 30 seconds." The pizza got lodged in his airway and he says he "went down." Fortunately a friend who was with him picked him up and as Bryan says, "got it out of there!"

SCOTTY MCCREERY MAKES 2013 GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS

UNDATED (AP) -- Scotty McCreery has a new record, but not the usual kind for a country musician. He's made it into the 2013 Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest male artist to ever enter the U.S. albums charts at the No. 1 spot. McCreery released his debut album, "Clear as Day," shortly after being named "American Idol's" 2011 winner. It went on to be an instant hit. McCreery is currently balancing his music career with studying at North Carolina State University, where he's a freshman.

THE HENNINGSENS TO PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM AT RED SOX GAME

UNDATED (AP) -- Their songs have already been recorded by Wynonna Judd, Sara Evans and The Band Perry, who had a No. 1 hit with "All Your Life." Now the Henningsens, a band that includes brother and sister Aaron and Clara Henningsen along with their father Brian, are gearing up to release their first family album. The trio is taking a break from a radio tour tonight to perform the national anthem at Boston's Fenway Park before the last of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.

JAMEY JOHNSON AND JESSI COLTER TO PLAY BENEFIT CONCERT

UNDATED (AP) -- Waylon Jennings' band will join his widow, artist Jessi Colter and Jamey Johnson at Full Moon Full Life, a benefit concert for pancreatic cancer research. The event, as well as Johnson's upcoming album, "Livin For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran" was inspired in part by Cochran, the legendary songwriter who penned hits for artists including Patsy Cline, Ray Price and Eddy Arnold. Cohcran lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in 2010. The concert will take place in Normandy, Tennessee on October 16.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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